Babble Best Picks:
Raising children close in age sounds good in theory (built-in playmates and the ability to get through the baby stage in one chunk), but once the realization sets in that you somehow have to get around town with this crew, it's a different story. Suddenly you're in the market for every parent's worst nightmare - a double stroller - and you're clueless about what you're supposed to be shopping for.
Double strollers are notorious for being over-priced, hard-to-maneuver monstrosities, but stress not. We tested a slew of different double strollers in order to find the very best for each particular lifestyle and budget. And, delightfully, we came across quite a few strollers we could not only tolerate but actually really loved. Once you decide which features are most important to your particular needs (like whether you need a convert from one stroller to two or one that can accommodate as many kids as possible), read through our picks for the best of the best. Don't forget to check our Reader's Picks as well, since some of them might be better for your unique priorities.
Each stroller was tested with a 5-month-old, 18-month-old and 3-year-old. Besides testing the basics (ease of assembly, use, break-down and storage), we also tested each stroller in as many environments as we could: urban sidewalks, rural trails, hills and parks. Also note that we had our tester climb into the attachable second seat for each convertible stroller, just to check if any would tip; none did. We only tested them with the accessories that came with the stroller (we were sent second seats with the convertible strollers), so we didn't test any of them with infant car seats or bassinet attachments. No strollers were tested with newborns.
BEST FOR MULTIPLES | Valco Baby Trimode Twin EX
We were quite impressed with both of the Valco Baby strollers we tested (their Ion for 2 snagged our “Best Urban” spot) because of their maneuverability, comfort and stellar features. The price might be a bit off-putting for the Trimode Twin, but it does the jobs of so many different strollers so well that it could actually be worth it. First of all, the Valco Baby could also be named the “Best Jogger” because of its different wheel positions: swivel for turning tight corners and optimal maneuverability, a 45-degree angle for leisurely strolls, and fixed wheels for jogging. (Jogging strollers are so expensive as it is; do you really want to have one for jogging and another for shopping?) That said, the Valco is a bit heavy (33 pounds) to lug around every day, but it’s manageable if you want an all-in-one. Its air-filled tires handled any type of terrain we threw at it, and it felt sturdy yet maneuverable on our light jog. Plus – and this is a big plus – you can purchase attachments to make this fit any lifestyle: Husssh Bassinets for newborns, car seats (Graco, Peg Perego, Maxi-Cosi or Cicco) for travel, a Joey Toddler Seat for a third child, and a Hitch Hiker on the back for a fourth older child to stand. Of course, adding four children to the hefty frame will make it weigh that much more (we didn’t test the attachments), but we haven’t encountered a stroller that can accommodate four children while still fitting through a standard doorway. Keep in mind snack trays and parent cup holders are purchased separately, but kids padded bumper bars are included.
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